Issues and Ideas

By KCBX Central Coast Public Radio

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Issues and Ideas is a show that features a wide variety of voices sharing their thoughts and perspectives about local people, issues and events on the Central Coast. You might hear a policy maker discussing new regulation, an artist sharing his creative process, an entrepreneur exploring sustainable business practices, or an author talking about her latest book. Regular contributors and segments include: Greta Mart with KCBX News , Stephen DeLuque and Crissa Hewitt's Ears On Art , travel correspondent Tom Wilmer's Journeys of Discovery , Brian Reynolds, Marisa Waddell, and others.

Episode Date
Issues & Ideas: SLO live art, agricultural grants and San Ardo walnuts
On the latest Issues & Ideas , a San Luis Obispo artist is working to find more employment opportunities for artists in the community. Jami Ray is the founder of Lamplight Arts Collective, a grassroots group of local independent artists working together to bring live art to San Luis Obispo and, hopefully, create paying gigs for Central Coast artists. We recently sat down with Ray to learn more about live art and the collective—which will be showcasing live art at the San Luis Obispo Farmer's Market on Thursday, December 5.
Dec 03, 2019
Playing With Food: Mystery cracked; it's walnuts!
A mystery grove along Highway 101 turns out to be walnuts. “Playing With Food” cracks the nut on 57 years of growing walnuts on the Central Coast near San Ardo.
Nov 25, 2019
Issues & Ideas: Allegations of love fraud, Central Coast economic health and modern dance
On this week’s Issues & Ideas, a hit true crime podcast in Australia tells the story of a mysterious woman who allegedly defrauded a family and then escaped to the Central Coast.
Nov 21, 2019
Issues & Ideas: Australian podcast searches for alleged con artist on the Central Coast
A hit true crime podcast in Australia has a major Central Coast connection. Season four of the “Unravel” podcast , titled Snowball , zeroes in on what the producers call 'love fraud .' The podcast revolves around a mysterious woman and the family she allegedly defrauded, and one family member's obsession with finding her, tracking down another alleged victim in Paso Robles, and even confronting the woman at the center of it all in San Luis Obispo. Click the Listen button above to learn more.
Nov 20, 2019
Issues & Ideas: 'Ballet Unbound'
A San Luis Obispo dance company is about to debut its fall season of performances. The mission of Movement Arts Collective is to “enhance the artistic landscape of the local and regional community through dance performance, education, and outreach, building both the artists and the audiences of the future.” Their upcoming contemporary ballet and modern dance performance titled "Ballet Unbound,” on November 15 and 17, is set to live music and showcases three works focused on the theme of overcoming barriers.
Nov 13, 2019
Issues & Ideas: Military recruitment at high schools, eviction and a plan for a local WWII memorial
On this week’s Issues & Ideas : Truth in Recruitment is a student advocacy group working to reduce the presence of military recruiters on high school campuses. We hear the group's concerns and what they are doing to expand access to information about post-high school options for teens. We also hear the perspectives of a Santa Maria Joint Unified School District administrator, and the U.S. Army captain in charge of military recruitment on the Central Coast.
Nov 05, 2019
Playing With Food: Pomegranate
From fire-red flowers in the summer to beautiful fruit in late autumn, the pomegranate can be found in small pockets of the Central Coast. Whether snacking on the seeds, sipping the juice or making jam, pomegranates are a taste-and-see must!
Oct 28, 2019
Issues & Ideas: An octopus garden, a wastewater plant, media literacy and "conscious closets"
On this week’s Issues & Ideas, the city of Morro Bay continues its effort to build a $126 million dollar wastewater treatment facility near the north end of South Bay Blvd. But a group of residents are putting on the brakes with a referendum campaign; the county is currently verifying signatures that could trigger a public vote.
Oct 22, 2019
Issues & Ideas: Housing teachers, digesting methane, and a new addition to downtown SLO
On this week’s Issues & Ideas , one Central Coast community is helping teachers fight affordability issues by housing them on school district land.
Oct 16, 2019
Playing With Food: Lavender in the kitchen
In the early summer, many of our yards are dotted with the vibrant purple flowers of lavender. In addition to the splash of color they give to our golden lawns, the heavenly scent of lavender relaxes us when the dried buds are put in sachets and dotted around the house. But did you know that lavender has many culinary uses? There are a handful of lavender farms along the Central Coast, and Father Ian visited one to find out how to use the plant in everyday cooking.
Sep 30, 2019
Issues & Ideas: Nipomo Mesa air pollution, tiny libraries and serving in Vietnam during Woodstock
On this week’s Issues & Ideas: 50 years ago, during the Woodstock music festival, Central Coast resident Jim Mills was serving in Vietnam. He shares memories of how he and the other troops stationed there stayed connected through music to their lives at home. Also, we have a discussion with local poet and founder of the Poetic Justice Project , Deborah Tobola, about teaching the arts to incarcerated people. We spend time with San Luis Obispo Tribune reporter Moncia Vaughn, discussing her work exploring the health impacts of air pollution on the Nipomo Mesa. And we get to know an artist who has teamed up with the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture and the city's public library to make books available for free along State Street. Take one or leave one, his tiny libraries are meant to inspire a love of reading.
Sep 17, 2019
KCBX Special: Central Coast locals remember Woodstock
Fifty years ago, in August of 1969, half a million young people gathered on a farm in New York for the Woodstock Music & Art Festival. To mark the anniversary, KCBX shares the stories of San Luis Obispo County residents who were there.
Aug 14, 2019
Issues & Ideas: Fire resistant landscapes, Camp SLO and See Canyon apricots
On this week's episode of Issues & Ideas : Do you want to make your home wildfire resistant? A landscape design expert says much of the conventional wisdom about native landscapes and fire is wrong. Greg Rubin, president and founder of California's Own Native Landscape Design, is coming to San Luis Obispo on August 1 to share techniques he has developed to create sustainable, ecologically responsible, fire-resistant landscapes.
Jul 30, 2019
Playing With Food: Apricots from See Canyon to beer
Traipsing through an orchard of overburdened fruit trees, Father Ian sees the apricots in See Canyon are ripe for the pickin’. What are the ingredients needed to produce the best crop ever? What is a new way to use apricots? Find out on the latest edition of “Playing With Food."
Jul 29, 2019
Issues & Ideas: A solar sail, command change and tech trends for the over-50 crowd
On this week's Issues & Ideas: A unique spacecraft is now orbiting the earth and soon a team at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo will command it to unfurl a super-thin Mylar sail. The craft will then glide through space, propelled only by sunlight. We talk to the mission's project manager to learn more. Also, there was a recent change of command ceremony at Army Reserve Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County. We hear from both the outgoing and incoming commanders.
Jul 17, 2019
Issues & Ideas: Cannabis odor, berries and Harmony glass
On this week's Issues and Ideas, there has been a lot of discussion about cannabis grows on the Central Coast, especially when it comes to the plants' odor. In a conversation produced by KCRW's "The 805: Stories from the Central Coast" podcast, Santa Barbara County Supervisor Das Williams dives into the issue and allegations he has been too chummy with cannabis lobbyists.
Jul 01, 2019
Playing With Food: Picking blueberries
It’s berry season! The rain is gone; the sun is out; the berries are poppin’. Time to put on the elbow-length leather gloves and wade into the brambles, right? Not quite.
Jul 01, 2019
Issues & Ideas: Fracking, emergency preparedness and recycling
Fracking has been a hot topic on the Central Coast ever since the Trump administration released an environmental review about the possibility of expanding hydraulic fracturing on federal lands in Central California. We hear reactions from some in the neighboring community of Kern County to the plan. And Stanford geophysicist Mark Zoback explains some fracking basics, including what is and isn’t known about the technique's impact on the environment. We also talk about emergency preparedness in San Luis Obispo County. KCBX's Greta Mart sits down with county planner Jillian Ferguson and emergency services coordinator Scott Milner about how they are planning for possible future man-made and natural disasters. Also, if you’re a Democratic presidential primary voter, how will you decide who gets your support? We chat with four undecided California Democrats. And we previously reported that Santa Barbara’s landfill is filling up. Soon, in July, trash and recycling curbside services will go up
Jun 11, 2019
Playing With Food: Vegan cheese with ease
Vegan cheese has come to the Central Coast, and if you think it’s a passing fad, find out what Father Ian discovered up in Paso Robles. Not only can you buy it and taste it, you can learn how to make it at home.
Jun 03, 2019
Issues & Ideas: A Central Coast Rhône anniversary, librarians and "Clover Blue"
Thirty years ago, the only Rhône grape most Americans knew about was Syrah. Then a French family and an American family together purchased some land west of Paso Robles, in the Adelaida wine district. They set out to import Rhône grape varieties to the Central Coast, with the aim to grow them using organic, dry farming and other sustainable methods.
May 21, 2019